The world of travel might not have fully bounced back as yet, but there sure is light at the end of the tunnel. The latest addition to the ‘new normal’ are staycations, providing an escape route from our mundane routines. With social distancing as the need of the hour, Marriott International has curated a host of staycation offers across its properties in India. Whether it is a serene getaway or a fun family vacay, there is something for everyone based on their travel style. Here are six staycation experiences that you can customise to your wish and fancy.
Where: Mumbai, Goa and Mahabalipuram
Calming breezes, serene landscapes and miles of open space to accommodate all the social distancing needed, what better place than a beach for a holiday right now? An urban setting, complimented my an old-world charm, reflected in every nook and corner is what makes Goa, Mahabalipuram and Mumbai the perfect getaways for a stress-free staycation. That they are all within driving distance to each other only adds to the charm. With seven Marriott hotels spread across these three cities, head to the one that most resonates with your personal travel style.
Lookout for: Early check-ins, late check-outs, free stay for children below twelve years, inclusion of lunch and dinner for two, and high tea.
History in Hand
Where: Agra, Bhopal and Srinagar
If you fancy yourself as a traveller getting lost in realms of history, then Agra, Bhopal and Srinagar are your perfect escapes. Characterised by royal architecture from yester years, culinary secrets from the kingdoms and a rich traditional legacy, these cities exemplify history in their monuments, fine arts, culture and stories. Choose a Marriott property across any of these three cities and enjoy the beauty of the past amidst luxuries of the present.
Lookout for: The 5-course set menu, special kids menu
There is no better way to escape the constant city conundrum than a drive to the hills. With the country’s unlock guidelines easing out, a trip to the hills could be made sooner than imagined. Our pick is Mussoorie. Whether you plan to head out for a casual stroll, or enjoy the view from your room, the scent of pine forests, the sounds of silence and the nip in the air are sure to fill you with peaceful contentment. While at the JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort & Spa engage in a host of handpicked, fun local activities.
Lookout for: Their homegrown walnut souvenir, a traditional Garhwali evening tea ritual, chef's masterclass with culinary maestros and a painting masterclass for the young ones
Where: Kochi and Delhi
While one is the capital, the other is a major port city, and both definitely make for an ideal family getaway. Exciting in their own ways, Delhi and Kochi are perfect to settle down for a break, while enjoying the cityscapes, rich culture and delectable local cuisines. Check into a Marriott property across these cities and enjoy a staycation of pure indulgence.
Lookout for: Executive lounge access, 20% discount on city tours and packages, late checkout and 50% off on connecting rooms, exclusive chef created set menu, complementary kids menu
Where: Rajasthan, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad
Royalty speaks volumes when it comes to Rajasthan, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad. And with royalty comes the secret recipes of the royal kitchens. Loaded with flavours, staycations here are nothing short of a gastronomic delight. Explore the Marriott properties and engage in some lip-smacking delicacies, served with decadent care.
Lookout for: Yoga by the pool, mocktail making sessions, chef curated meals, breakfast and dinner for two, budgeted break with fun and food at a great price
Known for the peace that abides with its divine presence, Amritsar, home to the Golden Temple, is our pick if you decide to head for a quiet holiday. Amritsar has its own distinctive style. The local markets are full of charm with the famous Punjabi phulkari and juttis, a riot of colours and choices that never fail to charm and satisfy. To top it off, Amritsari food is unmatched in richness and flavours, best enjoyed in the local restaurants and colloquial 'dhabas'. The food is as warm and comforting as the goodness of the people. The Marriott properties in the city make for the perfect staycation.
Lookout for: Complimentary breakfast and dinner, 30% additional off on F&B and laundry, baked goodies for kids
Marriott hotels across India have all levied and necessary restrictions in place, with regards to minimal contact, social distancing, contact less room check in and check-out with the option of paying digitally, gathering sizes and protective wear. Temperature checks at entry points, following stringent health and safety guidelines, remains our top priority. While the properties have some fabulous benefits to be availed off, there are some well-earned perks that are exclusive Marriott BONVOY members. With each stay Marriott Bonvoy members will get to earn additional points from their second night onwards. The loyalty programme has various offers for the members to explore. The booking period is till October 30, 2020 and the booking can be availed till December 31, 2020. Bookings can be made here.
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